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Russia Newest Aircraft Maintenance Complex - Sheremetyevo Airport and Rossiya Airlines

Sheremetyevo International Airport inaugurated its new hangar complex for aviation service and maintenance of Aeroflot Group aircraft on September 15. Construction of the hangar complex was completed in 12 months, a record time for the construction of complex technical facilities...

Urgent Rescue Plan for UK Air Transport Needed

IATA outlined the need for an urgent rescue plan for UK aviation, in the face of an imminent unemployment catastrophe. The United Kingdom is experiencing an unprecedented air transport crisis which threatens to put more than 820,000 people out of work across the entire UK economy, and furthe...


KLM and TU Delft present successful first flight Flying-V

The scale model of the Flying-V - the energy-efficient aircraft of the future - has flown for the first time. A year and a half ago TU Delft and KLM announced the start of the design of the Flying-V during IATA 2019 and after extensive wind tunnel tests and ground tests it was finally ready. The first successful test flight is a fact. Last month a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilo...

Vietnam Airlines to resume scheduled international flights

From September 18, 2020, Vietnam Airlines will resume one-way flights from Vietnam to Japan to serve the increasing needs of passengers wishing to work, study and stay in Japan. These are the first flights in Vietnam Airlines’ recovery plan. Vietnam Airlines and the competent authorities will continue to apply the most stringent pandemic prevention and control measures.   Accord...

Icelandair becomes easyJet Worldwide partner

easyJet announced Icelandair is set to become a new airline partner in its unique connections service, Worldwide by easyJet. The partnership with Icelandair is expected to be live in the coming weeks including at its major European airports Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol, with the service due to go live at other airports in the coming months. From then easyJet cus...

We think greener, we fly greener - airBaltic CEO at Riga Aviation Forum

During the 2020 Riga Aviation Forum scientific conference, which took place on September 9 and was devoted to sustainability, I had the opportunity to address this important topic which is a crucial part of our business.  The aviation industry has been working hard towards more sustainable operations and with common efforts has demonstrated great results. We in aviation industr...

How contactless payment & services technologies are changing airlines

Over the last couple years, contactless payment and services technologies have been playing increasingly larger roles in modern airlines all over the world. In 2019, WeChat Pay partnered with Yandex.Checkout to provide contactless payments for the more than 50 retail stores located inside Russia’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. This was a significant development in digital pay...

Proposal for a more coordinated approach to travel restrictions in Europe

The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, calls on Member States to urgently agree on harmonised travel restrictions and ensure swift implementation to help the sector survive this unprecedented crisis. The European Tourism Manifesto alliance applauds renewed efforts of the European Commission1 as well as the initiative from the German Pr...

When history has a future - Lufthansa Upcycling Collection 2.0

New Upcycling Collection by Lufthansa with exclusive lifestyle and design products from the oldest Airbus A320 A wall bar shelf made with the hull of an airplane or a bar in the cabin door creating a friendly atmosphere, does that remind you of anything? Last fall, the first Lufthansa Upcycling collection was launched, available exclusively at the Lufthansa WorldShop and sold out within a few w...

LOT restored capital connection with Vilnius-London route restart

LOT Polish Airlines has resumed its popular route between Vilnius (VNO) and London City Airport (LCY). The international airline returns to London's most central airport with twice-daily flights to and from the Lithuanian capital, starting on Monday 31st August 2020. The route resumes after suspension during travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Richard Hill, London Ci...

airBaltic resumes flights to nine more destinations from Riga

airBaltic announces that as of today it resumes flights between Riga and nine additional destinations. In total, airBaltic now connects Riga with 35 destinations across Europe. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We welcome the decision of the Latvian government to ease the travel restrictions in place, while maintaining safety and health of the public as its top p...

Norwegian August 2020 traffic figures heavily influenced by travel restrictions and drop in demand

Norwegian traffic figures for August are heavily influenced by the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent travel restrictions and drop in demand. In August, capacity was 94% lower than last year, while the flights that were operated had a load factor of 62.1%. From July 1 Norwegian reopened 76 routes and put an additional 15 aircraft into service, throughout the summer frequencies and routes...

Airlines and Airports agree conditions for European winter slots waiver

Facing the most difficult winter season in aviation’s history, airlines and airports have agreed to abide by a set of conditions together with slot coordinators under which an extension of the waiver of the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule could be applied for the entire 2020-2021 winter season. Continued uncertainty about a second wave of the pandemic and haphazard travel restrictions h...

Direct flights between Vilnius and Kyiv with airBaltic

airBaltic announces that it will launch new direct flights from Vilnius to Kyiv on October 6th. The new flights will be performed three times a week on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft.  Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We are ready to provide additional connectivity from all three Baltic capitals. While following all of the restrictions and recommendations from offi...

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Liebherr overhauls Landing Gears for Austral

Liebherr-Aerospace has been selected by Austral Líneas Aereas to overhaul the landing gears of the airline’s Embraer E-Jet E190 fleet. It is the first major contract for Liebherr in Argen...

Protection Promise by easyJet holidays

More than 33 million Brits have had their holiday plans disrupted this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, new research reveals which is why a recent survey reveals that  more than half (52%) of B...

New Sanad and Etihad Airways deal expands US$ 900MN+ partnership

Sanad and Etihad Airways have closed a new spare engine deal which further cements Abu Dhabi’s position as a self-sustaining international aviation sector hub. The announcement of...

KLM prepares for winter schedule

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around...

China Eastern Airlines and Thales/ACSS extend their avionics partnership

China Eastern Airlines, one of China's three major air transportation groups, has chosen Thales/ACSS to equip its B737 fleet with the NXT-800 DO-260B compliant transponders&nbs...